29.03. - 03.04.2016
On Tuesday, 29.03., the 9th LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International is finally back on track. The small, regional festival has long since become a nationally significant film festival, to which not only the public but also filmmakers enjoy coming to Frankfurt. The success of the LICHTER Filmfest is primarily due to the enormous lifeblood that the makers invest year after year in the implementation. Driven by their love of cinema, film and the region, they have been putting together an extremely varied programme between high standards and entertainment for nine years now, which often offers a platform for smaller, less commercial films. This year a total of 100 films and events will be presented at five venues in Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Offenbach. Among the films are three world premieres, seven German premieres and seven Hesse premieres - as many world premieres as last year.
This year the festival centre Mousonturm has found a new home. Three halls at once become the venue. There will also be many other attractive offers in the Festival Centre. After the Vau office tower used as a backdrop in numerous films, in which the festival was housed for two years, and the Cantate Saal, the Festival Centre 2015, it is another formative meeting place that does full justice to the festival's character. In addition, the location, in conjunction with the supporting programme, strengthens the festival's presence in the city, which will certainly further increase its already high popularity.
The Highlights - Regional
The regional film series presents 25 feature films and 28 short films related to Rhine-Main and Hesse in 2016.11 Feature films and 22 short films compete for the main prizes of the LICHTER competition. Sung-Hyung Cho's sensitive North Korean portrait My Brothers and Sisters in the North, Thomas Carlés touching and at the same time ruthless documentary about the death of his own parents Lisbeth's last journey and Lilo Mangelsdorff's film Unterwegs in der Musik über das Leben und Wirken der Darmstädter Komponistin und Mitgründerin des Archivs "Frau und Musik" Barbara Heller celebrate their world premiere.
Relations to the subject of "borders" can also be found in the regional programme: Rǎzvan Georgescu's German premiere Trading Germans reveals the secret deals about the only crack in the Iron Curtain that paved the way for more than 240,000 Romanian Germans to the West. Farid Eslam's music documentary Yallah!, awarded the Hessian Film Prize! Underground portrays the most influential underground artists of Arab spring. A highlight of young German cinema is the closing film of the LICHTER Filmfest on 3 April: Jonathan. Piotr Lewandowski was awarded the Hessian Film Prize for the screenplay of his sensitive Coming-of-Age drama, which Lichter is premiering in Hessen.
Die Highlights International:
This year the festival will focus on the theme of "Borders". However, this is not only about regional and political boundaries, but also about personal or social boundaries.
13 international feature films, including four German premieres, and an extensive accompanying programme will illuminate this LICHTER annual theme in 2016. "The current events in the crisis regions of the world, but also the increasing isolation in Europe have moved us to think fundamentally about borders," says Gregor Maria Schubert, Director of the LICHTER Filmfest. Two moving documentaries tell of refugees on Europe's external borders (Les Sauteurs) and of life in the Syrian Civil War (Coma). The programme also includes feature films about the everyday life of children in a Serbian enclave in Kosovo (Enklava) or about a NATO post in the Afghan-Pakistan border region (The Wakhan Front, DP).
But LICHTER understands borders not only territorially. "We are also interested in the invisible lines between social groups (Louisianna - The Other Side and Masaan, DP), the limits of obedience (Experimenter, DP), of one's own body (Walking Distance), of humour (Pecore in Erba, DP) or the limits of power (I stay with you)," says Johanna Süß, deputy festival director, who curated the international programme together with Gregor Maria Schubert and Philippe Crackau.
In addition to the numerous short and feature films, the festival also has two exhibitions, three silent film concerts, interdisciplinary debates, a video techno opera and, of course, plenty of prominent guests to offer.
The entire film programme and all further information on the festival, the venues, admission prices and the supporting programme can be found below: http://www.lichter-filmfest.de/
Quelle: Sebastian Betzold + LICHTER Filmfest